Nicolas Cage is the latest name to join the fray as production has begun on Oliver Stone’s "Snowden," his international thriller centered on the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Cage will play the role of a former U.S. Intelligence Official in the film that already stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former computer contractor who leaked classified National Security Agency documents in the summer of 2013.

Aside from Gordon-Levitt in the title role, the movie features a critically-acclaimed cast comprised of Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys IfansJoely Richardson, and Timothy Olyphant.

Principal photography is currently underway in Munich and will continue in various locations around the world until mid-May. And it looks like the drama will vie for Oscar. Open Road Films will release the movie on December 25th, with Pathe following in France on December 30th, and Universum in Germany on January 7th.

The news, we suspect is perfectly timed: last night Laura Poitras‘ Edward Snowden doc "CitizenFour" won Best Documentary at the Oscars.